Wurz leads the way in German GP first practice

Wurz leads the way in German GP first practice

It was a quiet start to the German Grand Prix weekend on Friday morning and Williams third driver Alex Wurz clocked the best time in the first practice session. His quickest of 1:16.349 was just under two tenths up on Honda counterpart Anthony ...

It was a quiet start to the German Grand Prix weekend on Friday morning and Williams third driver Alex Wurz clocked the best time in the first practice session. His quickest of 1:16.349 was just under two tenths up on Honda counterpart Anthony Davidson and BMW Sauber No.3 Robert Kubica was third fastest.

Alexander Wurz.
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The track temperature was a moderate 35 degrees at the start of the session and, as usual, the third drivers led out. Robert Doornbos (Red Bull), Kubica, Neel Jani (Toro Rosso), Markus Winkelhock (MF1), Davidson and Wurz were quickly out on track.

Super Aguri's Takuma Sato also headed out, in the new SA06, and MF1's Tiago Monteiro. Wurz was the first at the top of the times, 1:21.285, with Davidson four seconds adrift. Wurz lowered his time to 1:19.829 over his following few laps and Davidson closed in to one and a half seconds.

The pair continued to trade times, Wurz improving to 1:19.051 and Davidson a second off. Kubica joined the time sheet in third, followed by Doornbos and Winkelhock. Jani arrived in sixth and Kubica improved to second, four tenths off Wurz, and Yamamoto posted seventh. Kubica then went to the top, 1:18.855.

Davidson came back with a 1:18.084, half a second up, but was then replaced by Wurz with a fractional improvement of 1:17.986. Doornbos moved up to third and Kubica returned to the top with a 1:17.603, four tenths up on Wurz. Davidson, Doornbos, Jani and Super Aguri's Sakon Yamamoto, newly promoted to the race seat, followed on.

Sato moved ahead of his teammate and Wurz went back to the top, 1:16.387 for eight tenths up on Davidson. Several other drivers had been out for installation laps and in the last 10 minutes the Hondas of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello posted fifth and seventh respectively.

Button then went up one to fourth and Davidson improved to just over a tenth off Wurz. Barrichello marginally improved his time for sixth, while Jacques Villeneuve's BMW Sauber and David Coulthard's Red Bull made a brief appearance. The second BMW Sauber of Nick Heidfeld and MF1's Christijan Albers did likewise.

Fernando Alonso's Renault clocked seventh in the final minutes and teammate Giancarlo Fisichella managed an experimental 13th. Albers and the Williams of Nico Rosberg bought out the yellow flags right at the end -- it was a possible engine failure for Albers, while Rosberg went off track and lost the rear wing.

In the meantime more drivers had joined the time sheet but really just shakedown laps and nothing worth talking about. Friday mornings are just so exciting aren't they? Final top eight classification: Wurz, Davidson, Kubica, Button, Doornbos, Barrichello, Alonso, Jani.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Nick Heidfeld , Anthony Davidson , Fernando Alonso , Alexander Wurz , Robert Doornbos , Nico Rosberg , Neel Jani , Robert Kubica , Markus Winkelhock , Sakon Yamamoto
Teams Sauber , Toro Rosso , Williams